Hip fractures are painful, affect a person’s mobility, and often require long-term treatment and rehabilitation. The experienced attorneys at the Port St. Lucie law firm of Donaldson & Weston are dedicated to making sure that car accident victims receive the assistance that they need to cope with this type of recovery.
Port St. Lucie Lawyers Assisting Car Accident Victims
Often, the idea of sustaining a hip fracture is associated with an elderly person falling. However, hip fractures are common injuries that may occur as a result of a car accident to victims of all ages. Depending on the severity and type of fracture, these injuries may require extensive physical therapy, rest, and even surgery. The treatment to recover from a hip injury may be expensive, and insurance limits do not always account for these costs. When a negligent individual has caused an accident and the related injuries, they should bear the burden of these expenses. The Port St. Lucie car accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston help victims in pursuing the proper claims against responsible parties. Our attorneys and staff work hard to ensure that our clients aggressively pursue the compensation that they are entitled to receive following a crash. If you have sustained a hip fracture as a result of a serious motor vehicle collision, our attorneys can help you determine your next legal steps. Contact our office today to discuss your options and see how we can help.
Types and Symptoms of Hip Fractures
There are various types of hip fractures that a car accident victim may experience, and each may require different treatment methods. Hip fractures are divided into the following three different categories:
- Intracapsular hip fractures affect the femoral neck, located right below the femoral head, which is connected to the acetabulum, also known as the hip socket. The femoral neck is thinner than most other bones, and therefore it is more susceptible to breakage.
- Intertrochanteric fractures refer to damage sustained to either the greater trochanter or the lesser trochanter, which are located below the femoral head and neck on either side.
- Subtrochanteric fractures refer to any fractures sustained to bones beneath the greater and lesser trochanters. If a break occurs lower than a certain area on an individual’s femur, the fracture is no longer considered a hip injury but instead a type of broken leg injury.
- A victim may experience multiple types of hip fractures as a result of a car accident. It is important to seek immediate medical attention following a crash so that these injuries can be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Symptoms to note that may indicate a hip fracture include difficulty moving or walking, hip pain or sensitivity to touch, and an inability to bear weight on the injured leg.
Legal Options Following a Motor Vehicle Collision
Medical treatment and recovery procedures often become quite costly, especially if a victim needs major surgery, such as a hip replacement, due to their injuries. When another individual has caused those injuries, they should be held liable in a personal injury case. Drivers owe other motorists, as well as pedestrians and bicyclists, a duty to act reasonably given the situation. When a driver breaches this duty and causes someone else to be injured, they have acted negligently.
For example, a driver who fails to yield the right of way at a traffic light, causing a T-bone (or side impact) crash that leaves a victim with a fractured hip, probably will be found liable. Some of the damages typically available to victims include past and future medical expenses, compensation for time missed from work, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering for injuries that cause permanent impairments.